Right before the show last year (June 9th to be exact), I came off my horse and got banged up to the tune of a busted collar bone, messed up shoulder, bruised ribs and sternum. Well, after getting bad "medical" advice (too bad I didn't know DK at the time) I finally had to have surgery in November to have a plate and screws put into the collar bone (it never healed) and my shoulder cleaned out and I've been in PT ever since (still am matter as fact). This is one of the reasons I took up knitting as I was pretty laid up for a pretty long time.
I just got "cleared" by my Surgeon to start riding again in April of this year (yes, 10 full months later) and just this weekend (11-1/2 months later), I finally rode in the "same" cow event that I got hurt in last year. This was a HUGE feat for me. You know, the proverbial "get back up on the horse" - well, I haven't been able to do that in nearly a year, and have had ALL that time to think about it. And as my friends, Paige, DK and Sarah can attest, I'm "overly" analytical and such.. right brained for sure!
It was LIBERATING in an odd kind of way. Felt good, scary, exciting all at once and has renewed my love for riding and chasing cows. Kind of the way I felt when I accomplished my first pair of socks - well, maybe, just kind of....
Speaking of socks.. Here's a picture of my very first attempt - I have labeled them "Agony of DeFEET", the pattern on the inside of the Colinette Jitterbug label was NOT written for a beginner, quite confusing, abbreviated and I nearly threw them in a drawer with hope of forgetting about them. BUT, and it's a big BUT, because I don't have UFO's (remember the right brain), I asked Sarah to coach me through them and she did fantastic. So, here they are!
They are made from Colinette Jitterbug, one skein, approx $20 in yarn and probably 20 hours - LOL! They feel so comfy!